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Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role

March 4, 2015 09:55 CET
Toyota will add Europe boss Didier Leroy to its board and promote him to global head of business in developed countries in a wider management shuffle. Johan van Zyl, currently CEO of Toyota's Africa region, will become Europe chief....
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PSA may expand sales of Citroen C4 Cactus to China

March 4, 2015 06:01 CET
PSA may expand sales of its Citroen C4 Cactus to China in a sign that a repositioning of the brand is bearing fruit. Sales of the hatchback have topped 50,000, beating expectations....
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Kobe Steel considers $800 million U.S. aluminum plant for auto suppliers

6:41 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Kobe Steel, supplier of aluminum sheet to half of Japan’s auto industry, is considering building a 100 billion yen ($832 million) plant in the U.S. to expand sales to Japanese carmakers operating in North America....
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Futuristic, handmade Mirai represents Toyota's rebirth

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle has had a decidedly low-tech birth and has an equally ironic birthday. Feb. 24, the start of production of the Mirai fuel cell sedan, was exactly five years after President Akio Toyoda was hauled before a U.S. congressional panel and given a humiliating grilling about his company's unintended acceleration recalls. The date was no accident. The Mirai symbolizes both Toyota's rebirth from that crisis and a return to its roots....
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GM retrenches in Thailand after Indonesia retreat

11:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
A day after announcing it is to stop making GM-branded cars in Indonesia, General Motors today said it would cease production of its Chevrolet Sonic in Thailand by the middle of this year....
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Mazda launches CX-3 small SUV, bets on diesel-only car for Japan

7:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
The Mazda CX-3 compact crossover went on sale in Japan today with the carmaker offering a 1.5-liter diesel engine as the nameplate's only powerplant. That won't happen in the US, says chief engineer Michio Tomiyama: “In America, it will be only gasoline.”...
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Nissan expects to reach 10% U.S. share goal ahead of schedule

9:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz outlined a four-prong capacity expansion plan that could power Nissan to its 10 percent U.S. market share goal ahead of schedule. He also said he targets increased North American operating profit margin of at least 8 percent, thanks to an influx of high-margin nameplates such as the Murano crossover and Maxima sedan....
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GM cuts capacity, jobs in Indonesia, where Japanese dominate

7:32 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
General Motors is to stop making cars in Indonesia, a battleground for global automakers in emerging Southeast Asia, closing an assembly plant, axing some 500 jobs and shifting its branding focus to SUVs....
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Tata plans image lift for ultracheap Nano

6:43 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Tata Motors, producer of the car conceived as the world's cheapest, is rethinking the “cheap” part of it. The Indian automaker believes its Nano, which went on sale in 2009 with a price tag of about $2,500, may have been too inexpensive for its own good....
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Toyota's most high-tech car gets ultra low-tech birth

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Toyota celebrated the launch of its high-tech Mirai fuel cell vehicle today from its noticeably low-tech production line. And President Akio Toyoda chose today as the celebration date for a reason. It's the five-year anniversary of when Toyoda was hauled before a congressional panel to answer questions about his company's unintended acceleration recalls....
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Continental increases microcontroller output in China

Feb. 24, 2015 12:45 CET
Continental says it has launched production of transmission control units on a second line at its plant in Tianjin, China. The German supplier's transmission division entered China in 1998. Aside from its factory in Tianjin, the unit has an r&d center in Shanghai....
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China's Wanxiang to rebrand Fisker as Elux, report says

9:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Chinese auto parts maker Wanxiang Group will push back its planned relaunch of the defunct Fisker Karma hybrid sports car until mid-2016 and rebrand Fisker Automotive as Elux, two sources familiar with the plan told Reuters on Sunday....
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VW wins government approval for Thai plant

Feb. 21, 2015 15:23 CET
Volkswagen won approval from Thai authorities to build a manufacturing plant for fuel efficient cars near Bangkok after months of delays....
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HANS GREIMEL

Japan Toyota dealer hits 2 million milestone

9:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Nagoya Toyopet sold its 2 millionth new Toyota vehicle on Monday, making it the first independent retailer from Japan’s top manufacturer to reach that rarified stratosphere....
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Hyundai to enter U.S. commercial vehicle market as part of $1.8 billion offensive

7:38 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Hyundai plans to spend around $1.8 billion by 2020 on a major offensive in commercial vehicles, including entering the race in the United States, to catch up with rivals in a rapidly growing global market....
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Daimler extends contract of China boss Troska

Feb. 13, 2015 16:00 CET
Daimler's supervisory board has extended the contract of Hubertus Troska, head of the automaker's China unit, by five years. The 54-year-old executive has helped reduce Mercedes' sales gap with BMW and Audi in the world's largest auto market....
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HANS GREIMEL

Japan automakers cut forecasts but enjoy slumping yen.

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Japan's earnings season wrapped up this week on what would have been a sour note in any other auto market. Yet, Japan's automakers largely laughed it off because of the slumping yen....
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Honda CEO Ito resists moves for his ouster, report says

6:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Honda CEO Takanobu Ito, under fire for how he is dismantling the traditional way the Japanese car maker sources parts and technologies, has resisted moves for his ouster and will fight on for another two-year term, four people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters....
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Daimler targets at least 10% sales growth in China this year

Feb. 10, 2015 13:27 CET
Daimler will boost local production of Mercedes vehicles in China and continue its dealer network expansion as it targets sales growth of at least 10 percent this year, the company's China chief, Hubertus Troska, said....
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Porsche will recall some Panamera, Cayenne models in China on camshaft problem

Feb. 9, 2015 10:51 CET
Porsche will recall 14,571 cars in China, including some Panamera and Cayenne models, due to defective camshaft adjuster bolts that may loosen or break, the country's national quality watchdog said....
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Ford will roll out 6 new models in Russia despite market slump

Feb. 8, 2015 11:20 CET
Ford will roll out six new models in Russia this year despite the country's sagging economy and rising tensions over the conflict in Ukraine, CEO Mark Fields told a German business magazine....
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GM's China sales slip in January; Ford posts 19% gain

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
GM and its Chinese joint ventures sold 339,781 vehicles in China in January, down 2.4 percent from a year earlier. Ford and its Chinese joint ventures sold 112,599 vehicles in China in January, up 19 percent from a year earlier....
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YANG JIAN

Qoros should ditch Europe ambitions and focus on China

5:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
China's Qoros is embarking upon an ambitious plan to reinvent itself as a global automaker with a new CEO, Phil Murtaugh, a former boss of GM China, and a lineup of new vehicles. But with limited resources and rising debts, the automaker would do better to focus on its home market....
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Nissan Rogue shipments to U.S. to be boosted by 38% to 110,000

1:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Renault-Nissan will export 38 percent more Nissan Rogue crossovers to the U.S. from South Korea in 2015 than planned earlier, to meet rising demand in North America....
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Toyota to pay $200 million to help China dealers, group says

10:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Toyota has agreed to pay 1.24 billion yuan ($200 million) to distributors for one of its Chinese joint ventures, according to the state-backed auto dealers group....
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